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I am over 40 years old and developed tinnitus in August 2018 after a cold infection. I am rarely exposed to loud sounds and don't go to concerts and clubs. My hearing was not affected and I just woke up in the middle of the night with ringing in both of my ears. A visit to the GP confirmed my ears were inflamed which was promptly treated but the ringing persisted. Over time (about a week), the ringing in the right ear disappeared. I am now stuck with a howl or hiss in the left ear. My wife does not understand, my children are concerned (So I now hide it from then). I cry in secret most times. I am afraid of nights and early mornings and try to live each day one at a time and pray everyday about it. I use the tv or you tube and sound masking apps to sleep. I am worried that this will be with me forever. Sometimes, I feel death is the only release but I am a Christian and have a lovely family, so I won't kill myself. My Dad had it about 20 years ago but it went way after a year. He tells me it will go away with time. I am fearful and sad and cry because of tinnitus. It has affected my work, my appetite, my focus and contributed to a short bout of depression. Apologies for the rambling but I woke with a howl this morning and started crying.
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